Across the nation, state, local, and tribal governments are implementing hazard mitigation measures to decrease repetitive losses, financial hardship, and of course, loss of life. Some are acquiring properties and improving flood control, while others are modifying elevations and retrofitting structures for wind resistance. Regardless of the type of project, all are seeing the many benefits of effective hazard mitigation planning and ultimately better community resilience. To inspire other public and private sector organizations to consider similar strategies and enhance their hazard mitigation planning, FEMA is now sharing its newly published story map of successes. And, BOLDplanning is happy to help spread the word!

FEMA’s story map features resilient communities such as Baltimore, Maryland; Marshfield, Massachusetts, Louisville, Nebraska; New York City, New York; Portland, Oregon; and Snohomish County, Washington. It also explains how state, local, and tribal governments are “going above and beyond to integrate their mitigation plans with other community planning decisions, implement their plans, and support inclusionary planning practices like involving vulnerable populations.”

Like FEMA, BOLDplanning cannot emphasize enough the importance of hazard mitigation planning. For over 16 years, the company has worked with public and private sector organizations of every size to develop comprehensive, FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plans. Clients include Cobb County, Georgia, the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians (California), San Juan County, New Mexico, and Glacier County, Montana, to name a few. 

View FEMA’s new story map online here.